Five Years is a long time. A really long time. I cant even wrap my mind around it.
As of March 2013, SCU is five years old, and for the majority of that time, it has been a wonderful outlet for me to voice opinions, commentary, box breaks, and god knows what else, for others to read and enjoy. Okay, enjoy maybe isnt the best word – digest? I have poured my feelings, emotions, desires, successes and failures onto these pages, and even I am surprised how far I have come. Over 1,000,000 hits later, I am still here.
I started SCU as a response to a situation in the hobby that I felt deserved some major attention. For the longest time, much of the news reporting surrounding cards was gumdrops and rainbows, as I felt that no one took it upon themselves to really psyche themselves up and dislike something. I wanted to put an end to that, not just to be a hotbed of that missing negativity, but provide one person’s opinion that is by nature different than anything else that was out there. I didnt have advertisers, I didnt have mag space to sell, I just wanted to write.
To be honest, I never expected it to last this long. How could I? I had never had any experience doing this sort of thing, but as an english major in college, I loved to write. By nature, as many of my friends can attest to, I am an opinionated person who will never shut up when I love or hate something. I am also EXTREMELY snobbish and picky, much to the detriment of my personality. People have often questioned how I can be so opinionated and not be a critic by trade, so this site may have just been that venue.
When I think that this blog is older than my marriage and my son, its incredible how much a part of my life this hobby has become. I have received mountains of vitriol regarding my writing over the years, with a common thread being “if you hate everything so much, why are you still here?” That is not the way I look at it. I dont hate everything, I just know what I like, and I actually care more about this hobby than I do about any non-personal thing in my life. One does not dedicate the tens of thousands of words and man hours to write like I do, if they hate something. Im not that kind of person. I want this hobby to be great so much, that I will voice my commentary as a method of improvement.
Funny enough, we have made a lot of improvements. Whether its educating the masses on fake autos and patches, or getting the companies to change the way they design cards, the hobby’s voice has inspired a lot over the last five years. When I started on board, there werent many people dedicating time to writing or voicing their opinions on how they feel. Since that time, hundreds of sites have come and gone, and each one of them (no matter how small), have used their voice to disseminate the type of commentary that is always a GOOD thing.
This is where I have taken my stand. Even if we dont agree – which is often, I have never used my site as a way to snuff out any unprofessional voice that has entered the fray. Its not right, and I feel as though it isnt the way this should be. I want MORE people to voice their opinions, and I want more people to get involved. We ALWAYS need more people saying what they feel – positive or negative.
Its crazy how much I have changed along the course of this journey, even as I have changed locations, started a family, and most importantly established a foothold on a place of prominence for the voice that we all represent. That voice is part of my legacy, but it is not something I created or even brought to the forefront the way that it is now. That’s all of you. The readers and the people who love and hate this site. You may not identify with my way of doing things, but you are here and you are participating. As part of the Fifth Anniversary Celebration, its time to reward you.
Here is the way this MEGA CONTEST is going to work:
In the comments – please put down your contribution to the hobby voice. It can be an opinion, a card, a box break, it doesnt matter. Some sort of contribution that you have participated in. Winners will be randomly selected from those participating to win the prizes below. Because of my limitations of where I can ship to, I can only offer this contest to the USA residents. My apologies.
I would like to thank Mark Sapir at Topps and Chris Carlin at Upper Deck for supplying these prizes, as well as for their support over the last few years. The willingness to answer questions and deliver information to the people like me have been a huge help to everyone. They both understand the importance of the service you provide to their company’s direction, and have donated these prizes for your reward. A huge thank you is in line, and I think you will be VERY excited to see what they are both offering!
Here is what has been generously donated from Upper Deck:
– A sealed box of 2012 Upper Deck SP Authentic Football
– A limited edition Upper Deck auto card of Doug Martin from the 2013 industry summit
Here is what has been generously donated from Topps:
– A full sized 2007 Rookie Premiere Helmet, signed by Adrian Peterson, Calvin Johnson, Patrick Willis and Joe Thomas among others
– A football signed by the class of the 2012 Rookie Premiere (RGIII, Luck, Wilson, etc)
– A football signed by the 2003 rookie premiere class
– A Limited Edition Topps auto card of Andy Dalton from the 2013 Industry Summit
I have to put in a disclaimer: